Snow evokes in us a sense of childlike wonder. It paints white over the scenery, using a thick brush and wide strokes. The snowy blanket snuggles everything and puts life itself to a cozy nap. That blanket is woven out of many snowflakes, each of which is unique, landing right where it did for a reason. We know the reason but can’t explain it except — it’s there to create a winter wonderland
A Mythical Place for Romance
A Mythical Place for Romance: Aphrodite’s Rock
After I left Limassol behind, I decided to venture over to Paphos for my final stop of the day. Petra Tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite’s Rock is the place of her birth. I took pictures and videos as the sun began to set and the majestic beauty of the sea presented itself in full bloom as the day was slowly shifting into the night for another episode in the endless cycle of life within the waters. I managed to dive into the cool waves for an invigorating swim before the sun sank. It was a refreshing finale to a magnificent day in our Cyprus.
As I savored the swim, I wanted to share the magic of the moment and this glory of nature with you, our friends, and the audience of our cherished island of Cyprus. While we drink in the grandeur, let us nourish our minds with a little bit of history about this land of enchantment. For those few who may not have heard it before and for those who never tire of listening to it again – this is the one we will continue to share with children and grandchildren for many generations to come
The Kindest Cut of Them All
When mother earth (Gaia) requested that her son Cronus kill his father, (Uranus) he used his scythe to complete the job. As the wounded Uranus fled into the sky parts of his lower extremities began to fall into the water. From the foam of the sea arose the most beautiful maiden ever to be seen, Aphrodite. Riding on the waves, she was taken to Kythera and ultimately to Cyprus. Even though the waters are rough around the enormous rock, which marks her birthplace, it is said that all who swim there will have eternal beauty. The beach nearby is also reputed as one of the crucial landing sites during the Trojan War.
Aphrodite was worshipped and had an incredibly large following in the area of Pathos. She was recognized as the Warrior Goddess but had many different virtues which lent to her popularity. One of the main festivals to celebrate Aphrodite was always held in the middle of the Summer and labeled Aphrodesia. Officially, love beauty and procreation were her attributes, which blended well with being a warrior. It is no wonder that countless paintings and statues have been rendered in her likeness throughout the centuries and she remains the most popular goddess of all in the movies and modern music.
What Better Spokesperson
Aphrodite is by far the most closely associated immortal and legend to our beloved Cyprus. Her likeness is in too many ads to count, and her influence through legend has been a part of our people’s proudest topics for as long as I can remember. It only makes sense that the most beautiful goddess should be thought of when one is touring our island. There is no shortage of breathtaking views, and each and every sunrise and sunset serve as a tribute to the gorgeous appearance of Aphrodite. She was intelligent, creative, and utterly robust in her lifestyle filled with both pleasure and celebration. Cyprus and Aphrodite just make sense together.
The Troodos mountains are a sight to behold in the winter, when snow covers the peaks and valleys like a white sheet. The road winds through the hills, providing stunning views at every turn. If you’re looking for an escape to a winter wonderland, take a drive through the Troodos mountains!
Mighty trees proudly jut out from under their snowy makeover and nod their heads as we drive along. Their entourage of shrubs looks like silhouettes of a crowd, standing by with dignified grace. They cherish the snow too and invite you to come out of the car and join in on the fun.